Someone called me a Geek today; of course it wasn’t the first time. People seem to say it as an insult, where as I’m quite proud to be a geek. Who would be ashamed to be a geek? Suddenly I realised with horror that maybe I don’t really know the true definition of geek and that I was being insulted. Are you a Geek, do you know the definition?
Are there even different types of GEEK?
Are you a geek?
Lets find out – Time to check on some on-line dictionaries
A peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.
Fine so far – that’s the one I had in mind, with a bit less of the odd.
A computer expert or enthusiast
Yep, that’s cool, that will do.
I didn’t like the next one much
A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.
In fact, geek is first attested in 1876 with the meaning “fool,” and it later also came to mean “a performer engaging in bizarre acts like biting the head off a live chicken.” Perhaps the use of geek to describe a circus sideshow has contributed to its current popularity.
a person, especially a man, who is boring and not fashionable
Oh how rude! This is getting worse
Any person considered to be different from others in a negative or bizarre way, as a teenager seen as being socially or physically awkward.
Slang – a person regarded as being especially enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and skillful in the use of computers.
Okay… so I hope I’m not the first one.
If you call someone, usually a man or boy, a geek, you are saying in an unkind way that they are stupid, awkward, or weak.
You can refer to someone who is skilled with computers, and who seems more interested in them than in people, as a geek.
That’s not very good.
Zero – Entries!
Geek is one of the many American words that have found influence in the UK. A geek is a socially inept person. The term is often applied to someone interested in computing. Also see ‘trainspotter’, ‘spod’, ‘propellerhead’
Not so great is it, next time I am called a geek I will have to ask – “What exactly do you mean by that?”
So are you a geek or do you find that an insult?